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(Cinefantastique)   In a bit of a "wait, really?" moment, it is entirely possible that the first movie appearance of a hunchback assistant to Dr. Frankenstein named Igor is Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein"   (cinefantastiqueonline.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Dr. Frankenstein, Marty Feldman, igor, horror movies, Dr. Jekyll, hunchback, Victor Hugo, Boris Karloff  
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2014-05-06 12:23:46 PM  
It's pronounced "FRAHNK-en-shteen".
 
2014-05-06 12:27:06 PM  
EYE-gore
 
2014-05-06 12:38:50 PM  
What goeth around, cometh around.
 
2014-05-06 12:39:20 PM  
What hump?
 
2014-05-06 12:54:17 PM  
What?  Do you go by "Froeh-duh-rick" as well?
 
2014-05-06 01:21:43 PM  
Sep 24 2008

timely find
 
2014-05-06 01:24:32 PM  
Wow that's shocking news, I think I need a sed-a-give to relax now
 
2014-05-06 01:26:21 PM  

calbert: Sep 24 2008

timely find


Meh, it wasn't about the article, per se, as about the fact that "Igor" as we know it never really existed. I recently watched Karloff's Frankenstein and noted that the hunchback wasn't called Igor, so I tried to find the first film hunchback that was called Igor... and couldn't. The fact that the first movie hunchback Igor is a character who is a parody of the Frankenstein hunchback Igor, who apparently never actually existed, kind of blew my mind.
 
2014-05-06 01:56:46 PM  

Blucher!




/*neigh*
 
2014-05-06 02:07:19 PM  
Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?
 
2014-05-06 02:07:23 PM  

calbert: Sep 24 2008

timely find


Could be worse, could be raining
 
2014-05-06 02:07:44 PM  
no1curr.jpg
 
2014-05-06 02:07:57 PM  
Oooh, sweet mystery of life Igor at last I've found you...
 
2014-05-06 02:08:16 PM  
It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.
 
2014-05-06 02:12:45 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: It's pronounced "FRAHNK-en-shteen".


You're putting me on.
 
2014-05-06 02:13:03 PM  

bingethinker: It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.


Let me just brush off this Cheeto dust on my fingers and type that in for ya, Cap'n.
 
2014-05-06 02:17:33 PM  
PUTTINN ONN DA RRWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAATTTTTZZZ
 
2014-05-06 02:21:59 PM  

bingethinker: It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.


Okay, to sum up:

Frankenstein (1933) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor
Son of Frankenstein (1939) - Non-hunchback, non-assistant, named Ygor
House of Frankenstein (1944) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor.

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - Non-hunchback assistant, but not to Frankenstein, named Ivan Igor.

So, where is the hunchbacked assistant to Frankenstein named Igor, exactly?
 
2014-05-06 02:22:21 PM  
Roll...roll...roll in ze hay...

media.tumblr.com

/totally would have back then..
 
2014-05-06 02:23:25 PM  
Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?
 
2014-05-06 02:25:51 PM  
There wolf. There castle.
 
2014-05-06 02:27:38 PM  

nmrsnr: bingethinker: It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.

Okay, to sum up:

Frankenstein (1933) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor
Son of Frankenstein (1939) - Non-hunchback, non-assistant, named Ygor
House of Frankenstein (1944) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor.

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - Non-hunchback assistant, but not to Frankenstein, named Ivan Igor.

So, where is the hunchbacked assistant to Frankenstein named Igor, exactly?


To be a parody of Frankenstein's assistant, it doesn't have to be a parody of a single instance.

In fact, it helps if it isn't.

tl;dr - it's all of them
 
2014-05-06 02:28:34 PM  

nmrsnr: bingethinker: It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.

Okay, to sum up:

Frankenstein (1933) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor
Son of Frankenstein (1939) - Non-hunchback, non-assistant, named Ygor
House of Frankenstein (1944) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor.

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - Non-hunchback assistant, but not to Frankenstein, named Ivan Igor.

So, where is the hunchbacked assistant to Frankenstein named Igor, exactly?


phoenixmarket.phoenixtools.org
 
2014-05-06 02:31:49 PM  
that's Abby Normal
 
2014-05-06 02:34:32 PM  

nmrsnr: bingethinker: It's not all that possible. Read the Wikipedia entry about Igor.

Okay, to sum up:

Frankenstein (1933) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor
Son of Frankenstein (1939) - Non-hunchback, non-assistant, named Ygor
House of Frankenstein (1944) - Hunchback assistant, not named Igor.

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - Non-hunchback assistant, but not to Frankenstein, named Ivan Igor.

So, where is the hunchbacked assistant to Frankenstein named Igor, exactly?


The Ghost of Frankenstein - 1942
Bela Lugosi - Ygor, and I believe he was hunchbacked, or at least he's all bent and twisted...didn't the townsfolk attempt to hang him earlier?

This is the one where the doctor wants to transplant a brain into the monster, and eventually it ends up being Ygor's brain by some maneuvering.  I recall seeing it as a kid...the monster with Lugosi's Ygor voice was pretty cool for a 12yr old.
 
2014-05-06 02:40:04 PM  
I can fix that hump for you.....

/what hump?
 
2014-05-06 02:43:57 PM  
I knew it was a Dead Unicorn Trope, because TV Tropes already ruined my life.

NSFproductivity
 
2014-05-06 02:46:32 PM  

zappaisfrank: Roll...roll...roll in ze hay...

/totally would have back then..


What magnificent knockers!
 
2014-05-06 02:47:34 PM  
No. No. Be of good cheer. If science fark teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace.
 
2014-05-06 02:48:24 PM  

GRCooper: To be a parody of Frankenstein's assistant, it doesn't have to be a parody of a single instance.

In fact, it helps if it isn't.

tl;dr - it's all of them


Except that the audience has to know that his name is *supposed* to be Igor, because he's a hunchbacked assistant for the joke work, and only ONE of the famous movie's assistants was actually named Ygor, and the one that was hunchbacked wasn't.

The joke wasn't "It's pronounced Fr-eye-tz" because the audience didn't expect the name "Fritz." The name Igor, at some point, got indelibly linked to the hunchbacked character well before Young Frankenstein, and yet that character with that name never actually existed before Young Frankenstein.

I dunno, I just found the concept that Young Frankenstein was parodying and coining a character at the same time interesting.

ristst: The Ghost of Frankenstein - 1942
Bela Lugosi - Ygor, and I believe he was hunchbacked, or at least he's all bent and twisted...didn't the townsfolk attempt to hang him earlier?


He's in Son of Frankenstein, too, but he's not an assistant, and technically not a hunchback (he's also really tall), but yes, he has a broken neck from being hung by the townsfolk.
 
2014-05-06 02:48:53 PM  

The Missing Link: that's Abby Normal


You gave an AbiNormal brain a Fark account!?
 
2014-05-06 02:49:13 PM  
You take the blonde, I'll take the one in the toiben.
 
2014-05-06 02:50:49 PM  
photos.imageevent.com

content8.flixster.com

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-06 02:53:36 PM  
Tvtropes, dead unicorn trope. There was no humpbacked assistant named iIgor in the original. It's a combination of the flunky from the first and probably the one from bride of fFrankenstein. There, I'm certain I saved you from reading the article I didn't read.
 
2014-05-06 02:53:59 PM  
Put... the candle... back!
 
2014-05-06 02:55:28 PM  
Morgan Freeman had an Igor first.
 
2014-05-06 02:55:35 PM  

skyotter: I knew it was a Dead Unicorn Trope, because TV Tropes already ruined my life.

NSFproductivity


D'oh, beaten to the punch and you were more succinct as well! Where post? There post.
 
2014-05-06 02:57:09 PM  

zappaisfrank: Roll...roll...roll in ze hay...

[media.tumblr.com image 449x243]

/totally would have back then..


She was so damn pretty. Sadly her health sucks.
 
2014-05-06 03:12:26 PM  
Now I know what I'm watching tonight.
 
2014-05-06 03:14:54 PM  
All this talk of Terri Garr is well and good, but let us not forget the other fine, funny lady in that movie:

www.expertcomics.com

"AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE AT LAST I FOUND YOU!!"
 
2014-05-06 03:17:42 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: All this talk of Terri Garr is well and good, but let us not forget the other fine, funny lady in that movie:

[www.expertcomics.com image 504x378]

"AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE AT LAST I FOUND YOU!!"


www.movieactors.com
 
2014-05-06 03:23:12 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: [photos.imageevent.com image 850x478]

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[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1133]


The really sad thing: Somewhere, in NBC archives, never to be seen again, there is footage of her taking a shower in Letterman's office.

/Remembers seeing her in Star Trek.
//The first one.
 
2014-05-06 03:33:17 PM  

demaL-demaL-yeH: Englebert Slaptyback: [photos.imageevent.com image 850x478]

[content8.flixster.com image 449x462]

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1133]

The really sad thing: Somewhere, in NBC archives, never to be seen again, there is footage of her taking a shower in Letterman's office.


If only there were some world-wide, searchable system of data retrieval that could find such a thing.
 
2014-05-06 03:38:31 PM  
Igor: You know, I'll never forget my old dad. When these things would happen to him... the things he'd say to me.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: What did he say?
Igor: "What the hell are you doing in the bathroom day and night? Why don't you get out of there and give someone else a chance?"
 
2014-05-06 03:45:27 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: All this talk of Terri Garr is well and good, but let us not forget the other fine, funny lady in that movie:

[www.expertcomics.com image 504x378]

"AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE AT LAST I FOUND YOU!!"


I'd show her my immense schanzstucker if you know what I mean
 
2014-05-06 03:45:45 PM  
I have never been hunchbacked or an assistant to Dr Frankenstein.
 
2014-05-06 04:03:02 PM  
pretty certain the use of the Peter Lorre voice for Igor came from an old LooneyToons short...I want to say directed by Bob Clampett...but I don't have the time to look it up just now.
 
2014-05-06 04:04:56 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: [photos.imageevent.com image 850x478]

[content8.flixster.com image 449x462]

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x1133]


Always loved this tidbit about her...

Teri Garr originally auditioned for the role of Elizabeth, the fiancée, while Madeline Kahn, was the front-runner for Inga, the assistant. But Kahn ultimately decided she'd rather play Elizabeth, leaving director Mel Brooks with the task of recasting the Inga role. Undaunted, he called Garr in and told her that if she could come back the next day with a German accent, he'd like her for the part. She looked at Mel and said, "Vell, yes, I could do zee German ackzent tomorrow - I could come back zis afternoon" and the part was hers. Garr has said that she based her accent on Cher's wigmaker whom she worked with on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.
 
2014-05-06 04:18:30 PM  

Stratohead: pretty certain the use of the Peter Lorre voice for Igor came from an old LooneyToons short...I want to say directed by Bob Clampett...but I don't have the time to look it up just now.


Mel Blanc got endless mileage out of his Peter Lorre in the WB shorts.
 
2014-05-06 04:18:52 PM  
SEDAGIVE?!?!
 
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